Roundtable Staff Objectives

Roundtables are a form of commissioner service and supplemental training for volunteers at all levels. The objective of roundtables is to give leaders program ideas; information on policy, events, and training opportunities; and an opportunity to share experiences and enjoy fun and fellowship with other Scouting leaders. The roundtable commissioner and staff demonstrate elements of a model meeting that leaders may use as a pattern for their own meetings. The roundtable experience will inspire, motivate, and enable unit leaders to provide a stronger program for their Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, Webelos and Boy Scouts.

Meeting Times:

Monthly from September to May

The First Thursday night of the month

7 PM - 8 PM

Saint Luke’s United Methodist Church, Danville VA

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Commissioners Corner Pages

Summit Shakedown 2012

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May Roundtable

Do not forget the potluck Roundtable tomorrow night. We will be in fellowship hall. See you there.

David Hyler
Your I.T. Professional
(434) 710-4408

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Merit Badge Opportunities

Dear Scouters,

To many this announcement may come at the last minute, however, it is a great opportunity for all Troops in the Heart of Virginia Council and adjacent Councils. This Saturday, April 6 th , for a mere $15, the Alpha Phi Omega Venture Crew 6522 has put together 12 Merit Badge Opportunities for Boy Scouts.

To register or for more information, click on the following link:

This event is performed as a service project by Alpha Phi Omega, to the benefit of local Scouts. Additional information can be found on the event's Facebook Page:

Thank you for your interest and we hope to see you there!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Service Hours Available

The Patriot Guard just called me. They will be laying wreaths on Veterans graves on Saturday Dec 15 at noon.
At the National Cemetery on Lee Street.
Any scouts that are interested in joining in are welcome. Please come in uniform.
No need to Register, just show up at noon.

Monday, November 5, 2012

November Roundtable


Reactor Transporter


Per patrol:

  • 3 staffs or poles, about 6 feet long
  • 3 poles, about 4 feet long
  • 7 pieces of rope or cord, 10 feet long
  • 20 feet of twine
  • 1 #10 size can
  • 1 1/2inch metal nut


  • Create a 'Reactor Bell' for each patrol:
  • Punch a hole in the bottom of the can.
  • Run the twine through the hole and tie a knot, leaving about 1 foot of twine in the can.
  • To the end of this twine, tie the nut so it swings inside the can like the clapper of a bell.


  • Good for lashings, leadership, teamwork.
  • Can be done as a single patrol or a troop competition.
  • Goal: Transport a radioactive reactor core to a safe disposal site using your self-made transporter. 
  • Each patrol uses their materials to construct a tripod pyramid by lashing the poles together. 
  • The reactor is hung by the twine from the top of the pyramid so it hangs freely.
  • The transporter is moved to the 'safe zone' - the finish line about 100 feet away.
  • If the reactor bell sounds, there was too much jarring and the patrol must return to the starting line to begin the transport again.



01 Roundtable
01 Return any unsold popcorn
03 Orders due online by 5pm
06 Skate Night
14 OA Chapter Meeting
15 District Committee Meeting
16 Popcorn Pickup at Dan Valley
17 Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training (Brian Brumfield)


06 Roundtable
12 OA Chapter Meeting
13 District Committee Meeting

Other Announcements

Bill Oswald
Chuck Wright
Rob Gunnell
Brian Brumfield
Ed Caviness

Take Roll

Pack    121  -  Present
Pack 123  -  Present
Pack 124  -  Present
Pack 174  -  Present
Pack    329  -  Present
Pack    335  -  Present
Pack 353
Pack 359
Pack 372
Pack 373
Pack 374  -  Present
Pack 376
Pack 377  -  Present
Pack    381
Pack 386  -  Present
Pack 400
Pack 410
Pack 452
Pack 496  -  Present
Pack    784

Post     391
Post     911
Post     364
Crew    67
Crew 361  -  Present
Crew 3046

Troop 068  -  Present
Troop   123  -  Present
Troop   124  -  Present
Troop 175  -  Present
Troop 300
Troop   329  -  Present
Troop 346  -  Present
Troop 354  -  Present
Troop 356
Troop 359
Troop 372
Troop 373  -  Present
Troop 374  -  Present
Troop 376
Troop 377
Troop 378  -  Present
Troop 382
Troop  386  -  Present
Troop 410
Troop 452
Troop 473
Troop 497
Troop  784  -  Present

Commissioners Recipe

Kabobs Recipe


  • skewers, either bamboo or metal


  • 1 inch chunks of beef, chicken, shrimp, potatoes, carrots, peppers, onions, apples, pineapple, and anything else you want


  • Scouts skewer alternating chunks of food on their stick.
  • Lay the sticks on a grill over the fire or hold them in hands if the sticks are long enough. Metal marshmallow sticks work well.

  • Serve barbeque sauce, cocktail sauce, dijon mustard, ketchup for dipping. And, watch out for double-dippers!

Thanks to Boy Scout Trial Website

Commissioners Merit Badge


Requirements for the Welding merit badge:
1- Do the following:

  • Explain to your counselor the hazards you are most likely to encounter while welding, and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, or lessen these hazards.
  • Show that you know first aid for, and the prevention of, injuries or illnesses that could occur while welding, including electrical shock, eye injuries, burns, fume inhalation, dizziness, skin irritation, and exposure to hazardous chemicals, including filler metals and welding gases.

2- Do the following:

  • With your counselor, discuss general safety precautions and Material Safety Data Sheets related to welding. Explain the importance of the MSDS.
  • Describe the appropriate safety gear and clothing that must be worn when welding. Then, present yourself properly dressed for welding—in protective equipment, clothing, and footwear.
  • Explain and demonstrate the proper care and storage of welding equipment, tools, and protective clothing and footwear.

3- Explain the terms welding, electrode, slag, and oxidation. Describe the welding process, how heat is generated, what kind of filler metal is added (if any), and what protects the molten metal from the atmosphere.
4- Name the different mechanical and thermal cutting methods. Choose one method and describe how to use the process. Discuss one advantage and one limitation of this process.
5- Do the following:

  • Select two welding processes, and make a list of the different components of the equipment required for each process. Discuss one advantage and one limitation for each process.
  • Choose one welding process. Set up the process you have chosen, including gas regulators, work clamps, cables, filler materials, and equipment settings. Have your counselor inspect and approve the area for the welding process you have chosen.

6- After successfully completing requirements 1 through 5, use the equipment you prepared for the welding process in 5b to do the following:

  • Using a metal scribe or soapstone, sketch your initial onto a metal plate, and weld a bead on the plate following the pattern of your initial.
  • Cover a small plate (approximately 3” x 3” x ¼”) with weld beads side by side.
  • Tack two plates together in a square groove butt joint.
  • Weld the two plates together from 6c on both sides.
  • Tack two plates together in a T joint, have your counselor inspect it, then weld a T joint with fillet weld on both sides.
  • Tack two plates together in a lap joint, have your counselor inspect it, then weld a lap joint with fillet weld on both sides.

7- Do the following:

  • Find out about three career opportunities in the welding industry. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why the profession might interest you.
  • Discuss the role of the American Welding Society in the welding profession.

Welding Merit Badge Workbook

Commissioners Game

Bang the Can Relay


  • 4 metal garbage cans, or coffee cans, or other items that can be hit and make noise.
  • 2 dowels or sticks about 1 foot long for batons.


  • Set the 4 cans out in a large square raceway.


  • Divide in 2 teams or have patrols compete.
  • One team has a starting line halfway between 2 cans. The other team's starting line is halfway between the 2 opposite cans.
  • One team runs clockwise, the other counter-clockwise around the course.
  • One scout from each team starts with their baton in hand. He runs around the square and must hit each can with his baton. If he fails to hit a can hard enough for the judge to hear, he must repeat his lap.
  • When the scout finishes his lap, he hands off the baton to the next scout.
  • The scouts waiting in line must stay out of the way of running scouts.

Thanks to the Boy Scout Trail Website

Commissioners Guest

Robbie Jones from Jones and Sons Welding

Commissioners Minute

You've heard the saying "A chain is only as strong as its weakest link". That's absolutely true. With this chain, I can pull a car or lift a heavy load - I can perform many tasks. But, if I try to lift something that is too heavy, one of the links will break - the weakest link will let down the rest of the chain.

In Scouting, each scout works on personal advancement to strengthen himself and improve his skills. Personal advancement increases the strength of each link in our chain so we can accomplish more.

But, there will always be a weakest link. No matter what the task at hand, some person will be less skilled than the others. Someone will not be able to tie a certain knot, or kindle a fire, or hike as fast, or recite as well as the others. At some point, each of you will be a weakest link - I guarantee it! Being the weakest link is not a shameful thing - it is an opportunity for improvement.

One of the best things about Scouting is that our "chain" is better than a simple metal chain. When we have a task to do, we are not really limited by our weakest link. The other stronger or more skilled or more experienced links support the weaker links. They help them, teach them, and guide them. As a result, we accomplish much more than if we each just did our specific task and left the rest.

Do your best to not be the weakest link - for yourself and for your patrol and for your troop. Learn skills, take on challenges, grow! But, be aware that around here the weakest link one day might be the strongest the next - and the strongest may be the weakest.

Monday, June 11, 2012

BRMC Events

Hot Topics:

  • Be the FACE of SCOUTING at the Greenbrier Classic Golf Tournament- click HERE
  •  What's NEW at Camp this year- Paddleboarding, Ice Climbing, Kayaking Merit Badge, and MORE- click HERE
  • NEW Kayaking Merit Badge- will be available at Camp Powhatan, Camp Ottari, and Claytor Lake Adventure Base this summer!- click HERE
  • NEW National Chief Scout Executive- click HERE
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics- a NEW BSA initiative with Awards for Scouts- click HERE
  • Your "Ideal Year of Scouting" - tools to help you achieve your best Scouting year- clickHERE
  • NEW Office Depot Discount Card- click HERE
  • Summit SHAKEDOWN- YOU can Preview the Bechtel Reserve!- Click HERE
  • Want to see what's going on at the Summit? Check out these videos- click HERE
  • Foxfire National Youth Training Program- sign up NOW-click HERE
  • Start planning NOW to join us for Jamboree!- click HERE
  • NEW Policy on Purchase of Rank Badges- Click HERE
  • NEW Grants for Eagle Projects from Lowes- $100 Gift Cards now available- Click HERE
  • PGA Golf Tournament, The Greenbrier Classic & Concert Series- The BSA has been selected as the Tournament's Charity of Choice - Admission Badges to Benefit BRMC Camperships! - Click HERE
  • About the Journey to Excellence- find out what it's all about-click HERE
  • 2012 Friends of Scouting Campaign Reaches 82%!- click HERE
  • NEW Tour Plan Process- click HERE
  • New River Trail Celebration Planned- click HERE
  • BSA Seeking Jamboree Stories- Click HERE
  • Silver Beaver Nominations- Deadline for nominations is Aug. 31- Click HERE
     for details.
  • Registration is now OPEN for the Commonwealth Games- click HERE
  • Voice of the Scout- BSA wants your opinion!- click HERE
  • ScoutStrong- a new BSA program to encourage and support physical fitness, and you can recieve the Presidential Active Lifestyle less than 2 months! click HERE
     for details. 
  • Stories of Scouts who entered Military Service needed- click HERE

Upcoming Activities: (Click on name of event for details)

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